During a five-day visit, Cousin will meet high-level UN officials, government leaders, private sector partners and representatives of the NGO community for strategic discussions on hunger, nutrition, food security and development. Topics that will take centre stage include WFP’s work in extraordinary emergencies including the Ebola outbreak, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan and the urgent funding needs for these operations.
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The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) confirmed a positive trend which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92. The report is published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
WAW! Tokyo 2014, jointly hosted by the Government of Japan, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) and other groups, is an international forum for women that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dubs the “women’s Davos forum.” It brings together political, business, and opinion leaders from around the world to discuss common issues relating to women, and how to promote their active roles.
The multi-year funding commitment was announced during a two-day visit to Finland by Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director, who emphasised the critical importance of this flexible and reliable funding for the organization, which depends entirely on voluntary donations.
In the last few weeks, WFP has made significant progress in Syria, reaching more people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas thanks to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries. More than 300,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas received WFP food through cross-line convoys in July – double the number of people reached using cross-line convoys in June.